I usually spend crazy amount of time on isolation (about 40 minutes). Yesterday I saw on youtube a master-class where the photographer said he spends on it 3 minutes only. I put down his method and tried. Same 40 minutes, but the result much worse than before. Some objects with difficult shape were absolutely impossible to isolate this way. The ugly edges remained, plus dirty background. For this reason I ask - is it me alone having this problem? How long does it take you to isolate an object? And how do you fight against ugly edges?
Also this photographer said that to save efforts he gives this job away and that people working for him agree to do this job for 70 cent per picture. I wonder is it really possible? Can this process be really so simple that it costs 70 cent to make? Am I...
WORKS GREAT FOR HAIR: (For images on a white background using Photoshop CS5)...
This entire process takes 20 to 30 seconds once you get good at it. Start by creating a copy of the locked layer, then delete the locked layer.
1. Change color mode to "Lab Color" 2. Select Channels tab 3. Select the channel with the highest contrast vs. the white background 4. Create a copy of that channel 5. Burn tool (select Shadows and/or Midtones as needed, can change exposure to less than 100% as needed) use burn tool all over the image until the entire area you want to keep is pure black, make sure to dodge the white areas if they start turning gray (select highlights when dodging). You may want to use pen tool with black color over teeth and eyes, or just burn highlights if they aren't close to the white background that you are trying to eliminate. 6. When you are satisfied create a selection of the channel (cmd+click for mac, ctrl+click for PC)... 7. Select the main Lab Color channel...(More)
I just tried out Topaz Remask 2, and I can confirm that thing is cool, you can isolate a portrait by masking it out from the background in under 1 minute on the second take without looking at the instructions.
I upgraded to PS CS5 about a month ago. Adobe promises enormous improvements in various areas. I must say ... they're right. One of the improvements is making complex selections. That's really become easy and fast now.
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